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Poster: Old Head Date: Jun 29, 2007 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help downloading to itunes

Ok, so I can add a show to the pod without having to put it in iTunes first? This does sound easy. Thank you, and I will try this as soon as... now I have to (sheepishly) admit that the ipod is sitting in it's box until one of my daughters can come home and "get it ready for me". But I will try this!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 30, 2007 5:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help downloading to itunes

As for me, I always first put the downloaded file into iTunes. When the file has been loaded fully, iTunes can be directed to make the entire file gapless, meaning that there is not "gap" between tracks, you'll get the show without those annoying dead spots between tracks. If you wish, you can also have iTunes convert the MP3 file to AAC format. The advantages to this are that the file will be compressed more and you can save room on you hard drive for more shows. Some argue that this conversion results in a loss of sound quality, but since I only listen on my PC or my car system, I can't hear any difference but your situation may be different. All I know is that when I converted my shows to AAC, I gained about 8 gigs of space on the HD. Have fun with this.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 30, 2007 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help downloading to itunes

SDH,

Would you not want to convert from wav to aac as opposed to converting from mp3 to aac? My thinking, and correct me if I'm wrong, but when going from wav to mp3 you lose quality and would then lose quality again going from mp3 to aac. I'v always burned the wav's to disk and then upload to my ipod which automatically converts to aac. Perhaps you end up with the same final product, but in theory is sounds good.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 1, 2007 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help downloading to itunes

Technically you are indeed correct. Now in my case, almost all of my shows, I obtained in MP3 format, and cant see any gain in quality if the files are first downloaded in MP3 fomat, converting to WAV, burning to CD and then uploading to iTunes to get in AAC vs. manually converting the orginal MP3 file directly to AAC without the middle step; but I do realize it would be different if the original files were lossless and not MP3. I have not been able to notice any loss in quality going from the original MP3 to AAC (I do realize there is a loss in the additional compression, I just cant hear it). But again, I am not doing my listening on a primo sound system. Back in the days when I used to spend more money on audio than I did on food and shelter, I bet I would have noticed a difference.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-07-01 15:51:00

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 30, 2007 7:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help downloading to itunes

Ah--two idiots leading the blind. Now we're getting somewhere...

Actually, I recall you responding when I got one for Christmas, so I know you are probably a 'techno idiot, JG' by now...

JK (took me a month to figure out what that means)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 30, 2007 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help downloading to itunes

And a happy and good morning to you.

- The villiage techno blind idiot

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 29, 2007 9:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help downloading to itunes

Open the box, go to the website they describe as necessary, and download the latest itunes ('7.2' I think). You do need that. Once you 'run' it, and it is very easy to download and install, the library page opens, and from that page you select 'add folder' to do what we speak of...then, those tunes are in your itunes library, and you drag them to your ipod...

Everything shows up in the lefthand panel of the itunes page once you have downloaded it...very straightforward.